Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Lowe, Fox and Hollowell: All-Americans Again
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: May 31, 2006
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Oklahoma City--Arizona juniors Caitlin Lowe and Kristie Fox repeated as first-team All-Americans, while teammate Alicia Hollowell, a senior pitcher, earned her fourth All-America honor from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Caitlin Lowe
Kristie Fox
Alicia Hollowell
Lowe was a first-team pick for the third consecutive year. Fox earned the same honor in 2005, while Hollowell was a first-team selection as a freshman and sophomore, and a second-team pick last year. She is one of only four Wildcat softball players to earn four-time All-America honors, joining catcher Leah Braatz, outfielder Lauren Bauer and first baseman Amy Chellevold. Braatz is the single UA player to earn four first-team honors.

Lowe and Fox were at-large selections on the first team while Hollowell made it as a pitcher.

All three are in Oklahoma City for UA's participation in the program's 18th Women's College World Series appearance. The Wildcats take aim at the bigger prize beginning with an opening-round game at 10 a.m. (MST/PDT) Thursday against Oregon State.

Lowe leads Arizona with a .430 batting average at the top of the order, Fox leads with 15 home runs and 63 runs batted in to go with a .401 average and Hollowell is 27-4, with an ERA of 1.00 and 356 strikeouts.

UA left fielder Autumn Champion, a first-team All-American in her first two years, turned in a remarkable season with a .411 batting average and the team lead with 54 runs and 74 hits. The NFCA selection process, however, considers first-team All-Region players nationally before evaluating other candidates. Champion was a second-team All-Pacific Region selection in mid May. She was selected as a second-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American yesterday.

The honors for the three Arizona players were the 76th All-America citations by 35 different Arizona players since the first, infielder Karen Fellenz in 1984.

Tennessee, which also qualified for the WCWS, led all teams with five selections, all first-team honors. Arizona, Northwestern and UCLA had three each.

2006 Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-America

First Team
P Cat Osterman, Texas
P Monica Abbott, Tennessee
P Jennie Ritter, Michigan
C Haley Woods, California
1B Jenna Hall, Illinois
2B Veronica Wootson, Florida State
3B Andrea Duran, UCLA
SS Lindsay Schutzler, Tennessee
OF Danyele Gomez, UL-Lafayette
OF Sarah Fekete, Tennessee
OF Katie Cochran, Arizona State
UT Cambria Miranda, Oregon State
DP Kristi Durant, Tennessee
AL Caitlin Lowe, Arizona
AL Kristie Fox, Arizona
AL Tonya Callahan, Tennessee
AL Anjelica Selden, UCLA
AL Kristin Vesely, Oklahoma

Second Team
P Alicia Hollowell, Arizona
P Angela Tincher, Virginia Tech
P Kristina Thorson, California
C Rachel Folden, Marshall
1B Ianeta Le'I, BYU
2B Caitlin Benyi, UCLA
3B Brette Reagan, Baylor
SS Christina Clark, Fresno State
OF Lindy Winkler, Sacramento State
OF Norrelle Dickson, Oklahoma
OF Kellie Middleton, Georgia
UT Serena Settlemier, Kansas
DP Jessica Strickland, Colorado State
AL Stephanie VanBrakle, Alabama
AL Eileen Canney, Northwestern
AL Alexis Switenko, Syracuse
AL Jackie Wong, Utah

Third Team
P Crystal Cox, North Carolina
P Brianne McGowan, Oregon State
P Emily Turner, LSU
C Becky Marx, Michigan
1B Garland Cooper, Northwestern
2B Dominique Lastrapes, Washington
3B Megan McAllister, Georgia
SS Tammy Williams, Northwestern
OF Stephanie Brown, Notre Dame
OF Brittany Rogers, Alabama
OF Catalina Morris, Stanford
UT Jessica Doucette, Georgia
DP Amber Smith, Illinois State
AL Leslie Klein, LSU
AL Lacy Wood, Louisville
AL Ashley Charters, Washington
AL Erin Floros, San Diego State
AL Chelsi Lake, Baylor